Sunday's victory over Scotland can help to build confidence according to Ireland flanker Tadhg Beirne.

Despite holding a two-score lead at two different stages of the game, the visitors needed a late penalty from Johnny Sexton to secure the win.

It means that after losing their first two games in the tournament for the first time since 1998, Ireland have now responded with back-to-back wins and will welcome England to Dublin next weekend looking to finish the competition on a high.

"It was a bit strange (to play in)," try-scorer Beirne told Virgin Media Sport afterwards.

"We felt like we had control but Scotland just managed to keep in there and to come down to that last play was huge strength from the lads.

"I was in the stands for it so I was obviously crossing my fingers and hoping the lads could pull it off and I should never have doubted them.

"Getting a win here today was massive for us in terms of going forward."

For captain Sexton, the winning kick was a moment that emphasised the Dubliner's importance to the team despite ongoing question marks about when he might retire.

On top of his late heroics, the Leinster out-half kicked four other penalties, as well as a conversation, on his way to passing 900 career points for his country.

On the need to pull the game out of the fire, Sexton said: "It's the same old story sometimes with us.

"We’re just letting in soft tries; tries that just aren’t acceptable at international level and it’s frustrating because I felt we dominated large parts of that game.

"We’re 14 points up and suddenly we’re drawing with a few minutes to go. But great character to stay in the moment and bounce back."

The winning kick, he said, was all about trusting his technique.

"You just try to stick to your process. It was tough enough in here today with the swirling wind.

"Pick your line and bang it at the left post (and) try to keep it a bit lower. I got a little bit lucky, wasn't my best strike of the day but it got there thankfully."